Review of Dry Land – The Audiobook

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Dry Land

When I am talking to my first-year writing students about revision, one thing I frequently suggest is reading written work out loud to see how it might be improved. In my own writing, too, I like to run dialogue through a few rounds of being read out loud, possibly with dramatic faces and hand motions, until it sounds right with the breaths, the pauses, and the natural interplay of words among the players in the scene.

When I read my own writing out loud, its flaws appear in greater relief, and I can see more about where it falls short and needs to be reworked. The places that sound unnatural or stilted. The accidental or misapplied snark.

In the case of Jennifer Anne Seidler’s Dry Land, though, now available as both eBook and Audiobook, rather than highlighting its flaws, the audio version only reminds me – and…

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New Review on for Dry Land – “Great Syfy Listen!”


“Great Syfy Listen!!” – by Anne

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would to anyone who is a fan of this genre…this has it all for the true syfy fan!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dry Land?

When he thought Colby was dead…Ted was so distraught!

Have you listened to any of Ian Sorensen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I would…he is very good!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This would be an interesting movie….

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

I am a huge Syfy this was right up my alley…Ted and a small crew of astronauts are sent to the moon to complete a mission to make it habitable…well things go wrong and they get stuck there….the twist is these are droid/human hybrids…such a unique and interesting story, and a great addition to the syfy genre….there is romance, and loss in this story…and it was a great quick listen…and I loved the little bonus story at the end!!! Thank You Audiobookblast(dot)com

Dry Land Review and Author Interview by Cassie Sparks

I’ve had the pleasure and the honor to give an interview to Cassie over at BoyMomLovesBooks, and she’s listened to and reviewed my book and Ian’s performance in Dry Land. Check it out… and check out the GIVEAWAY! You may win a copy of Dry Land on audio or a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

New Review of the Dry Land Audio on Amazon and Audible from Cassandra S.

4.0 out of 5 stars A solid 4 STARS, June 23, 2015
This review is from: Dry Land (Kindle Edition)
*I received this in exchange for an honest review
This type of book was sort of new for me…the Artificial Intelligence/Robotic type of character, but I found that I enjoyed it. Having some of the characters having that type of characteristics, thrown in with regular humans, and trying to find a way of expansion for Earth on the Moon. Now we all know that the Moon is so extremely important to the balance of the oceans, but obviously not all of the characters take this into consideration in this book.
It was an enjoyable book with a new look on things. The narrator did well and had great accents. I would definitely recommend this book to others and give it a solid 4 STARS.

The Martian by Andy Weir – Audiobook review

Before I decided to read (erm, listen to) this book, I read the reviews. Just like you’re reading this one. I read comments comparing The Martian to “MacGyver in space,” and complaints about the dry nature of the SCIENCE, and complaints that said science was not accurate or problematic or the like.

But listen. I did not care about any of that once I met Mark Watney.

Watney is likable. He’s funny. He’s wicked in a good way, and he’s clever as hell. He’s erudite yet a bit of a party boy, serious in the obvious situations when he needs to be. Which is often. And you feel for his situation. You hate those damn potatoes just as much as he does (no spoilers but yeah potatoes, folks!), and as he leaves his logs and babbles on about the science of the things he does to try and get himself out of his Martian predicament, I found myself understanding his thought processes. I understood the ideas and the simple genius behind some of it, in spite of the technobabble and the instant calculations. The thing that others have criticized, I thoroughly enjoyed.

In a way, Watney’s voice reminded me of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon, but in a much more personable way. I know the very idea of Robert Langdon or Dan Brown is a turn off for many, but hear me out. Watney is highly intelligent, and his intelligence comes through in his explanations of things, like Langdon. But unlike Langdon, his mind shines even more through his choices, his decisions — which, again, unlike Robert Langdon, his speeches do not preach at the reader. They do not fill the reader’s head with useless facts. Watney does not simply lecture for lecturing’s sake. Everything Watney tells us about his thoughts and calculations and machinations moves the story along.

As for the action, while there are no real true edge of your seat hold onto your hats moments, there are a few hiccups along Watney’s way. But, I can’t help but wonder if that makes the story more realistic.

The characters aren’t as in depth as other stories, but again, this is Watney’s story. Yet, you learn a lot about the crew of his ship, about the folks down on Terra Firma who work tirelessly and endlessly to bring him home, and the effort to do so is gargantuan. It leaves you with a sense of satisfaction in humanity, that it is human nature to root for the underdog, to give the fellow man in trouble a helping hand. And oh boy, did the World give Watney a massive one.

Overall, this to me was very enjoyable. I looked forward to getting into my car every day and listening to the excellent narration by R.C. Bray — hearing what sort of challenges Watney would face when I met him again every morning on the way to work and every evening on my way home. Watney was excellent company, and I was delighted to hear his story. When I finished the audiobook, I told my husband that we HAVE to see the film when it comes out.

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